Published: Mon, February 25, 2019
IT | By Emmett Cole

Huawei to launch folding 5G smartphone amid US security tensions

Huawei to launch folding 5G smartphone amid US security tensions

Huawei Technologies unveiled a $2,600 folding smartphone on Sunday which it said was primed for next generation 5G mobile connections, even as the United States campaigns to bar the Chinese company from such networks over security concerns.

Huawei has launched its foray into foldable smartphones, with the Huawei Mate X officially unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2019 as a competitor to Samsung's Galaxy Fold and a device that could focus on productivity.

Huawei Mate X is a 5G-enabled smartphone that can fold into a 6.6-inch smartphone and unfold into an 8-inch tablet.

That's complimented by a secondary back screen measuring 6.38 inches (2480 x 892 resolution / 25:9 aspect ratio).

There is no in-screen fingerprint reader on the Mate X, instead it relies on the power button that resides on the narrow bar on the right/back that also houses three Leica cameras. As the name suggests the grip is designed for you to keep hold of the Mate X more easily when it's in tablet mode, as well as housing a bunch of the hardware. That lets them see exactly what they are going to look like before a picture is taken. I don't know what you'd use the smaller back screen for outside of snapping a selfie, but I guess it's nice to have the option. The rear triple-camera system can be accessed from both the outer as well as the inner display. To top it off for all the "too thick" naysayers out there, Huawei has promised that the phone won't be. Huawei said youll be able to take “best in class selfies, ” without clarifying which class the Mate X is in.

Samsung has just published a video on YouTube, giving us the closest look at the Galaxy Fold yet. It's calling it the 'World's Fastest Foldable 5G Phone'. For starters, Huawei said the phone was "ultra slim" and "ultra-compact" "opening to just 5.4mm thick and folding to a slimline 11mm". Unlike the Samsung Fold, which has a bendable display that fold inwards, the Huawei's foldable device will have a bendable screen that will fold outwards.

Thus, it becomes apparent, that the Huawei Mate X will in no way be a mass consumer product. The first thing that jumped out was just how thin the device really is. It packs dual-SIM support for widespread connectivity as well.

There was speculation online as to whether the newly-announced Mate X would follow suit. Within 30 minutes, Huawei promises, you can charge the Mate X up to 85-percent - or around 3,825 mAh - from fully discharged.

Yu also criticised how other foldable phones used notches or hole-punch displays to incorporate a front-facing camera, with the Mate X's screen covering the entire device virtually interrupted. Essentially, this is the best camera phone that folds right now.

There's a lag of a few seconds where the device is figuring out that it needs to change the screen orientation. Do you think Apple will release a foldable iPhone? And on the invitation of Huawei's MWC was a hint of the flexible display device at the exhibition. The modem is paired with the company's Kirin 980 chipset.

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